- a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation.
- to vex by disappointment or humiliation: The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.
- Obsolete. shagreen(def 1).
Origin of chagrin
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Related Wordsdismay, embarrassment, irritation, disquiet, annoyance, annoy, dissatisfy, perturb, peeve, displease, disconcert, irritate, irk, vex, mortify, blow, balk, discomfiture, humiliation, spleen
Examples from the Web for chagrin
He made little secret of his ambition to become the next prime minister, much to the chagrin of Netanyahu.Goodbye to Israel’s Lousy Government (Let’s Hope the Next One Isn’t Worse)
December 4, 2014
And much to the chagrin of some in the Lone Star State, a lot of people seem to be buying it.Rick Perry's PAC Pulls a 'Free Winona'
August 22, 2014
He has burrowed so deeply into his work that he hasn't even bothered to get a tan—much to New York's chagrin.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant
April 14, 2014
This, he learned by watching May Bowen; however, to his chagrin, he never did get his grandmother's deviled crab recipe.A Briny, South Carolina Oyster Shack
Jane & Michael Stern
March 23, 2014
To the chagrin of these 40 courageous online petitioners and their hoops-hungry brethren, March Madness is not a national holiday.March Madness: 5 Games to Watch
March 20, 2014
"She might have been polite enough to invite me in," said Halbert, with chagrin.
"He must have stolen it," muttered Halbert, looking after Robert with disappointment and chagrin.
I accosted him, when, to my chagrin and disappointment, he was a white man.Biography of a Slave
Nor was there in this her conclusion anything of chagrin, or pettish self-humiliation.Weighed and Wanting
Yet, despite his chagrin, he realized that he could not send her from him forthwith.Within the Law
- a feeling of annoyance or mortification
- to embarrass and annoy; mortify
Word Origin and History for chagrin
1650s, "melancholy," from French chagrin "melancholy, anxiety, vexation" (14c.), from Old North French chagreiner or Angevin dialect chagraigner "sadden," of unknown origin, perhaps [Gamillscheg] from Old French graignier "grieve over, be angry," from graigne "sadness, resentment, grief, vexation," from graim "sorrowful," of unknown origin, perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German gram "angry, fierce"). But OED and other sources trace it to an identical Old French word, borrowed into English phonetically as shagreen, meaning "rough skin or hide," of uncertain origin, the connecting notion being "roughness, harshness." Modern sense of "feeling of irritation from disappointment" is 1716.
1660s (implied in chagrined), from chagrin (n.). Related: Chagrined; chagrining.